Daily Content Archive

(as of Tuesday, September 06, 2011)
Word of the Day

unnerve

Definition:(verb) To cause to lose courage, strength, confidence, self-control, etc.
Synonyms:faze, unsettle, enervate
Usage: The look on her father's face unnerved her, and she soon dropped her gaze and meekly waited for him to tell her what her punishment would be.
Article of the Day

The Mary Celeste

In 1872, the Mary Celeste, a brigantine merchant ship, was discovered drifting in calm seas in the Atlantic Ocean—unmanned and apparently abandoned. The crew's disappearance is considered especially unusual because the ship was seaworthy when found, its cargo was still intact, there was an ample supply of food and water on board, and there were no clear signs of foul play. The case remains one of history’s greatest maritime mysteries. What are some theories about the crew’s disappearance? More...
This Day in History

The Dawson's Field Hijackings (1970)

In 1970, Palestinian terrorists attempted to hijack five airplanes—most New York-bound flights that had originated in Europe or Israel—and rerouted three to Dawson's Field, a remote desert airstrip in Jordan. The Jordanian king responded quickly, ordering strikes on Palestinian targets. All of the hostages were eventually released. Only one person died in the hijackings—a terrorist who was shot on board one of the planes that did not make it to Jordan. What happened to the rest of the hijackers? More...
Today's Birthday

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women's education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous "feminine" pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women's role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More...
Quotation of the Day
There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Idiom of the Day

late model

Especially regarding an automobile, of a relatively recent design or model. More...
Today's Holiday

USA Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention (2017)

The Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, which convenes during the first week of each September, is the major business meeting of the group's boards, auxiliaries, and member churches. During the annual session, delegates deal with business issues. However, they also share Christian fellowship and, through a series of forums, explore such issues as health and wellness, social justice, and empowerment, often with emphasis on their impact on the African-American community. More...
In the News

Study Suggests Cancer More Common in 9/11 Responders

For years, rescue workers have argued that exposure to toxic dust at the World Trade Center site following the 2001 attacks caused many of them to develop cancer. Now, a new study seems to support their claims. It found that firefighters who were exposed to toxic smoke and dust in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks have a 19 percent higher risk of developing cancer than colleagues who were not exposed. Advocates for ground zero responders hope the findings will convince officials overseeing a 9/11 health program to provide compensation to people who developed cancer after exposure to the site. More...
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